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where president obama is getting ready to take the oath of office. >>> and here on the national mall, everything is in place for a huge party and all of america is invited. >>> a president who broke barriers and inspired the nation four years ago now begins a second term. a second chance to restore hope and bring change. >> despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of washington. i've never been more hopeful about our future. and i ask you to sustain that hope. >> the pomp, the parade, the inaugural balls will come tomorrow, but this is the day that truly mattered. when the president must raise his hand and swear to protect and defend the constitution. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >>> we're here in the heart of washington, d.c., with spectacular views of the u.s. capitol and the national mall. a two-day inaugural event is getting under way in this city, beginning here at the white house. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. the presidential reviewing stand is in place for the inaugural pa
in chief's ball and president obama introducing the first lady. >> i said today at the lunch over at the congress that some may dispute the quality of our president but nobody disputes the quality of our first lady. ladies and gentlemen, my better half, and my dance partner, michelle obama. ♪ >> that was the first dance of the first couple tonight, literally and figuratively, they have been to this dance before. this time around the first lady promised to slow down and try to take it all in. two parties instead of the ten they raced through four years ago. their day began with the ceremonial swearing in. like four years ago, it was a little bumpy. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear. >> i barack obama do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >>> have the constitution of t
, and the inauguration ball. that will be all right here on cnn as president barack obama is inaugurated for a second time. i can't wait. >>> good evening, everyone. a big night tonight as washington gets ready for an even bigger day tomorrow, as many as 800,000 people expected. tomorrow morning, president obama will make the journey from the white house to this end of pennsylvania avenue up here to capitol hill. then at noon he'll rest one hand on a pair of historic bibles and be sworn in. he'll address the world and be welcomed into the history books. for the first time in a long time, the first time since the ronald reagan second inauguration, it will all be a formality. that's because it happened on the 21st but law requires the presidents and vice presidents be sworn in on the 20th. so today, the 20th, in two quiet ceremonies they were. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >>
♪ ♪ oh, oh got his head in the crowds and he's not breaking down ♪ ♪ he's walking on fire obama's on fire ♪ watch him as he's lighting up the night ♪ ♪ everybody knows the mission is his girl ♪ ♪ together they run the world ♪ burn baby burn baby ♪ obama's on fire ♪ ♪ he's walking on fire ♪ obama's on fire ♪ whoo oh whoo oh whoo oh whoo oh ♪ ♪ whoo whoo oh whoo oh whoo ♪ whoo oh whoo oh whoo ♪ he's president and he's on fire ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for having me tonight. at this incredible presidential inaugural celebration. to the obamas! >> all right. you heard alicia keys. >> by the way, how good was that? >> that might have been the best free concert in the world. >> the fact we could hear that live and she looked stunning in that dress. >> beautiful dress, amazing voice. >> she really has it all together. >> knockout. >> we have a couple of special guests. >> alicia keys! >> she's getting a round of applause from me. >> by the way, just to give everyone a sense, there's already thousands of people h
barack obama set to do it again in just hours. one day before the public event. this, after a first-term marked by great triumphs >>> the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> some setbacks. >> the bleakest unemployment in 26 years. >> big fights and deep sorrow. >> the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> now, as barack obama prepares to begin his second term and washington, d.c. prepares for another presidential inauguration, we look ahead to the opportunities and the challenges facing the nation today, sunday, january 20th, 2013. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," "the second inauguration of barack obama" with lester holt and erica hill. live from washington, d.c. >>> welcome to a special edition of "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt. beautiful morning in washington, d.c. happy to have jenna and dylan here with us as well. based on the picture i saw on twitter last night, you allic canned it last night. >> we missed y
,000 will gather on the national mall for president obama's public inauguration. stars and stripes, katy perry rocking the red, white and blue at one of the many bashes across the nation's capital last night. and the partying is only getting started. president obama's biggest challenge in the next four years may be avoiding the second term curse. we'll look at the obstacles that could trip him up, plus an extra helping of history on the steps of the capital. justice sonia sotomayor, the first latino to deliver an inaugural oath. we'll show you the warm moment she shared with joe biden. this was yesterday. we've got an exciting four hours for you. coming up, former secret service agent dan bongino, four years ago he was head of security for president obama's first inauguration parade. representative debbie wasserman schultz at 6:00 a.m., corey booker at 7:00 a.m. along with senator john barrasso and bernice king will join us as well. we also have joaquin castro and also nick cannon. he's performing today for the inauguration. good morning to you. welcome to a special edition of "early start." i
on the national mall in washington, d.c. where, in exactly one hour, president barack obama will be publicly sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the united states. good morning. i'm gwen eiffel and welcome to his pbs news hour special coverage of today's nailingration. >> i'm jeffrey brown. it's a bright sunny day here in washington. temperatures remain in the 30's. that's a bit warmer than four years ago for the president's first inauguration. that of course saw a record-setting crowd, nearly 2 million people. no one is expecting anything quite like that this time around but still, folks have been finding spaces on the mall tonight since the sun came up. you can see them setting up spots now. we will be covering the entire inaugural ceremony live. and if you're not at your tv you can watch our live stream on our home page at news hour.pbs.org or follow us on twitter. >> this earmarks the 150th anniversary of the man'spation proclamation. you can see bill and hillary clinton on the podium. there are also people there celebrating the election of the first african-american presiden
of president obama's inauguration starting tomorrow on "today." that's all for today. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." >>> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear -- >>> president obama takes the oath of office for the second time at the white house. good afternoon to you, i'm craig melvin and you are watching msnbc, the place for politics, and this is how president obama's second term started earlier today. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, barack hussein obama do solemnly swear -- >> i, barack hussein obama, do s solemnly swear -- >> to execute the office of the president of the united states -- >> to execute the office of the president of the united states -- >> will protect and preserve and defend the constitution of the united states. >> will protect and preserve the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> thank you, mr. chief justice. >>> we have team coverage of the 57th presidential inauguration, and luke russert is with us on the washington mall, but we start with peter alexander on the north lawn of the white hous
a sensational performance at the inauguration. barack obama did the same thing and then became president. when you watched him tonight, did you feel like i did, you saw a man more at peace with himself perhaps now ready for the challenge of maybe real action in the second term? >> this is barack obama at his best. relaxed. speaking in aspirational tones. uniting the country. this really is a moment of celebration and the fact he's re-electing and must make a difference in this terms of speaking to the country. >> the latino vote for him never more important and the latino community in america never more important or larger. how significant is that in the second term? >> my hope is it's very significant. i believe it will be. he has a real connection to the latino community. we saw that with over 70% of latinos voting for president obama and confident in terms of the issue agenda and immigration reform and also the look of the administration, that that will be reflected. >> doug brinkley, put this in historical thing, a first time in a long time you have had three back to back presidents holdin
barack obama. i'm jennifer granholm joined in new york by john fuglesang, host of "viewpoint." >> good morning. >> jennifer: current political analyst michael shure is joining us from portland, oregon, of all places. we'll also have bill press and david shuster reporting for us from washington, d.c. they're on the ground and also have today current contributor michael hastings, the author of "panic 2012, the sublime and terrifying story of obama's campaign." we'll talk about that a little bit as well. so excited you guys. this is the best of what america has to offer in terms of pomp and circumstance and marking a point in history. do you not agree? do you love this? >> john: i couldn't agree more. it is a pleasure to be here as a contributor to this network which has spent so much time covering this campaign but also of history. i love inauguration day because it really -- it is the one day that brings the past and future completely together. we're following the most contentious, most expensive presidential campaign in history. and there's so much to talk about in terms of the past an
obama isn't taking any chances and is being sworn in on the day of his inauguration. >>> indeed. president obama has been sworn in for his second term and apparently the story of david rice atchison is history that will never repeat itself. i'm candy crowley on the national mall in washington. cnn's coverage of the president obama's nauseous continues now with my colleague, soledad o'brien and john berman. >>> hello there, welcome back, everyone, it is 2:00 p.m. on the east coast, 11:00 a.m. on the west coast, i'm john berman. >> and i'm soledad, o'brien, live in washington, d.c., with special coverage of president barack obama's inauguration if you're just tuning in, thanks for joining us on a very historic weekend. >> it is a beautiful, beautiful day here and cnn is covering every minute of the 57th presidential inauguration. >> and the president, barack obama, making history today, he was sworn in for his second term as president, just a couple of hours ago. it was a private ceremony at the white house. with chief justice john roberts, have a look. >> please raise your right
. >>> an historic second term begins. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> now, the stage is set for a day long party in the nation's capitol. we'll take you behind the scenes of the last minute preparation. for the president's speech. the parade, the balls and the tone being set for the battles ahead. >> i say to you, the challenges we face are real. but know this america, they will be met. >> this is cnn's coverage of the presidential inauguration. from the first salute to the last dance. a very vided nation comes together for a celebration of democracy. >> and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. ♪ >>> we're live on the national mall, good evening, everyone, i'm anderson cooper. the lead band leading off the parade is going to be from grambling state university louisiana. they lead off our coverage, take it away, guys. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here on the
, president obama and vice president biden are on their way to the national cemetery. this comes after the vice president was sworn in, and you can see the president and vice president have arrived to the ceremony. a number of dignitaries will head to the church and white house as well. chris is near the church with more of today's events. >> reporter: police have cordoned off m street in front of the pmetropolitan church, an that's where the president and first family will be worshipping this morning before the ceremonial swearing in. we have people lining the room, and members are inside and people who have come as visitors are inside, and people here lining the route here to see the president coming by. you are from houston, texas. >> yes. >> reporter: why are you here? >> we want to see the president, the first black president of america. >> reporter: you were brought together here from a school? >> yes, audio international school. >> reporter: what other events will you try to do while you are here? >> the inauguration tomorrow and the jack and jill gala tonight. >> reporter: how
>>> preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> president obama takes the oath of office to begin his second term. hear what he said during his address that took some by surprise. >> and the 49ers are super bowl bound, what challenges some fans are facing if they want to see the game in person. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news 6:00 p.m. >> good evening. i am julie haener. >> president obama parked his second inauguration. he took the both with his hand on two bibles. one used by lincoln at his first inauguration and one used by dr. martin luther king, jr. >> preserve, protect and defend, the constitution of the united states. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> john roberts administered the holt and president obama and daughters stood by his side. >> for we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do well and a growing number barely make it. >> the weather was chilly but michelle obama and president obama took time to walk some of the parade walk. >> and the ball is un
were we? >> reporter: we were here, just about to start again. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look. >> our challenges are great, but our will is greater. >> there is nothing wrong with america that cannot be cured by what is right with america. >> the united states will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. >> all are equal. all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. >>> the presidential inauguration is getting under way right here on the capitol, and we have a front row seat. >> here on the national mall, people are staking out their spot to experience this moment in history. >> the sun rises on barack obama's second term. >> we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. unity over purpose. >> on this day, a public celebration of the presidency after a private oath the day before. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> on this capitol where so many battles have been fought and will be fought, political rivalries are
inauguration. at noon on the west front of the capital, which you are looking at, president obama, be ceremonially sworn in for the second turn. he was constitutionally sworn in yesterday. since 1981, the ceremony has been held on the west front of the capital. the crowds on the national mall attending have grown larger and larger, sometimes exceeding 1 million people. 800,000 attendees this year is the current estimate. c-span will be light at route washington today, following the president and his activities. -- will be live throughout washington today, following the president and his activities. later, we will take you to the inaugural ball. throughout the day, we will take your calls, e-mails, tweets, and facebook comments. also on or web page, you can post pictures and you can view at the inaugural photos of many others. by the way, the weather forecast is cloudy with a high of 47 degrees in washington, possible snow showers in the afternoon. as you can see in these live pictures, the crowds have already begun a dissenting on the capitol grounds where they will go through hea
at the picture of the masses starting to gather on the national mall, here to witness president obama's second public inauguration. our festivities begin at this hour. we're expecting to see the president in roughly 30 minutes or so as he makes his way to mass. john? >> i'm john king. inaugural speeches have been used to set the tone, unite a nation, and to set an example for the rest of the world. we're going to look this morning at the historical significance of today and why the next four years may be tougher than the first four. >> so big names and prime seats. we will go inside the vip section for today's inauguration. we'll tell you who will show up and who won't. >> among our guests this hour, we're talking to iowa representative steve king, maine senator angus king, texas representative joaquin castro, and from "america's got talent," nick cannon. our special edition of "starting point" live from the nation's capital begins right now. good morning, everybody. welcome. this is what it looks like in washington, d.c., today. a beautiful day, not quite as warm as yesterday. it's something
this is a special edition of second inauguration of barack obama. live from washington, d.c. >> and welcome to a special edition of "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt. happy to have erica here. a big picture on twitter. you kicked up the town this morning. >> had a good time. >> went to a preinauguration party. >> i did. i did get to wear some boots. >> sorry you lost my cell number. i'll make sure you have it. >> barack obama is to take the another of office tomorrow on the steps of the u.s. capitol which is right behind us here. >> rules are the rules. according to the 20th amendment, the president and vice president's terms shall end at noon on the 20th of january. vice president biden took the oath less an hour ago. sonia sotomayor did the honors. we'll show you how it played out in just a little while. >> the president and vice president are taking place in a wreath laying ceremony. mr. obama will then return to the white house. he will be there just before noon for his official swearing in ceremony. >> the mily will attend today's even
now!" >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i've barack the same obama do solemnly swear. >> i do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> four years after making history by becoming the first african-american president, barack obama kicks off the second term on martin luther king day. today and inauguration day special. we will air highlights from last ides' peace ball including naacp president benjamin jealous. >> the challenge for our country is never to see the day when a person of color would be president, nor the challenge for our country was to ensure that it would be safe for it to i hae -- happen again and again. >> we'll also hear from the legendary poet son the sanchez, ralph nader, sweet honey and the rock, and angela davis. >> let me say this time around we cannot subordinate our aspirations and our hopes to presidential agenda. >> we will look at big money behind the inauguration. four years ago president obama refused to accept corporate donations, but this year exxonmobil, at&t, christoph are amon
. and now they'll do it again for the people this time. president obama's second inauguration is just hours away. >> the crowd is growing and so is the excitement. some 800,000 people expected to assemble here on the national mall. we are right in the middle of it. >> and with the massive crowds come super tight security. a look at the incredible steps being taken to protect the president. >>> also, grammy award winner john legend talks about america's war on drugs, and whether it's done more harm than good. also this hour, representative debbie wasserman schultz will join us at 6:00 a.m., along with jim clyburn, cory booker and senator john barraso and berniece king. at 8:00 a.m. eastern time, freshman representative. joakim castro. and nick cannon will join us. you are watching a personal spe edition of "early start." i'm soledad o'brien in washington, d.c. forb the inauguration of president barack obama. in our location, zoraida, not very far from where i am, but john and i are right on the capitol building. quite remarkable. really i think fair to say the best seat in the house in a few
'brien in washington, d.c. forb the inauguration of president barack obama. in our location, zoraida, not very far from where i am, but john and i are right on the capitol building. quite remarkable. really i think fair to say the best seat in the house in a few hours for people watching, of course, right, john, the president getting sworn in? >> i can look down and see you, right down there. right down there below me. hey, how are you? what's going on down there? >> zoraida. >> i'm going to turn around -- yeah. i can't get -- i can't get a view. i have to tell you, you guys, your shots are remarkable and amazing, that bird's eye view you have, berman, is beautiful. we are looking forward to that, having that view. >> when things get under way, and more people coming out to the mall. but at some point, something like 800,000 people between where we are on the capitol building and zoraida on the other end of the mall. a busy and pretty amazing day. in a few hours, in fact, president obama will do it again, publicly taking the oath of office. he begins his second term. doing it today on martin luther kin
love president obama, i love his choice in his partner, michelle obama. and i love what he has done for all the education. >> you're all about education? >> i am all about education, and woman's rights. >> and women's rights? >> yes. >> this is something that is not as serious, what do you think of the first lady's new hairdo? >> i haven't seen it yet, but i'm dying to see it monday. i'm going to be at the ball. >> are you really? >> yes, i am. >> where are you guys from back here? >> dallas, texas. >> you are from kentucky, did you come just for the inauguration? why are you here? >> i'm an obama fan obviously. >> what do you like about president obama? >> can't really say right now, i don't know. >> yeah? >> well, listen, we are so happy that you guys are here. we thank you for joining us and for being with cnn. thank you so much, have a great time and stay warm. that is it for me, now it is time for "the situation room" and mr. wolf blitzer. don, thank you very much, happening now we're live here on the national mall right here in washington, d.c. where the inauguration weekend i
understood this was not just about a candidate. it was not just about joe biden or barack obama. this was about us. who we are as a nation. what values we cherish. how hard we're willing to fight to make sure that those values live not just for today but for future generations. all of you here understood and were committed to the basic notion that when we put our shoulders to the wheel of history, it moves. it moves. it moves forward. [ applause ] and that's part of what we celebrate when we come together for inauguration. you know, yesterday americans in all 50 states took part in a national day of service. tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will join us in the national mall. and what the inauguration reminds us of is the role we have as fellow citizens in promoting a common good. even as we carry out our individual responsibilities. the sense there's something larger than ourselves that gives shape and meaning to our lives. the theme of this year's inauguration is our people and our future. throughout my career what's always given me energy and inspiration and hope, what's allowe
. gracious and eternal god, as we conclude the second inauguration of president obama we ask for your blessings as we seek to become "citizens of a beloved community, loving you and loving our neighbors as ourselves." y you will bless us with your presence. with out bus patrons will in fact our hearts. with your blessing we know we can bay region break down the walls that separate us. we pray for your blessings. without it, mistrust will rule our hearts. with the blessing of your presence, we know we can renew the ties and mutual regard that can best for our civic life. we pray for your blessing because without it despair of those different from us will be our role of light. with your blessing we can see each other created in your image, a unit of god's grace, unprecedented, a repeatable and irreplaceable. we play -- pray for your blessing. with out it we will see only what the eye can see. createdsee that we're in your image, whether brown, black, or white, male or female, first-generation immigrant american or daughter of the american revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor. we pr
of the presidents, st. john's church here in washington where the obamas and bidens and other dignitaries are attending an inauguration morning service, a tradition started by franklin roosevelt. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, natalie morales and al roker. >>> we got our first look at the obamas and bidens this morning. after church, the president will head back to the white house, and have a 10:00 coffee with congressional leaders of both parties. and then at 11:55 am the president will take the oath of office, immediately followed by his second inaugural address. >>> after lunch inside the capital, the parade makes its way to the white house, with inaugural floats honoring, among others, the president's birth place, hawaii, and the state of illinois. >>> we saw her in her thom browne coat, starting off her husband's second term, though, with a new look. you noticed the bangs. they have been the talk of town the past few days. we'll take a look at her influence over fashion over the past four years. >> i think there's going to be a lot of talk this morning about the size of
, for the first time since james monroe followed james madison and thomas jefferson, barack obama follows bill clinton and george w. bush as the third consecutive two-term president. when he takes the oath of office for the second time in the last 24 hours. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear -- >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute -- >> the office of the president of the united states. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> that makes a total of four oaths of office. today east ceremony on martin luther king employing bibles by martin luther king and president lincoln. an address down the mall toward lincoln's memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech. to spell out the country his vision for the next four years. it is america's quadrennial celebration of the office of the presidency, the orderly transition of power, the luminaries, the singers, the salutes, the speech, the pomp, the circumstance, the second inauguration of president barack obama starts right now. >>> welcome to washington. it is chilly but frankly bearable o
god. >> congratulations, mr. president obama. >>> president obama begins the second term in the white house. >>> thousands of security officers are getting ready. city officials expect as many as 70,000 people. >> he's going to address the crowd, the nation and the world. >> expected to lay out his vision for the world in his second term. >> measures to help the economy, energy. >> i think immigration is really the big issue, frankly. >> the most significant event of the weekend, i love her bangs. >>> the deaths in algeria has reached at least 81. >> at least one american is among the dead. >> very cool temperatures across the midwest. >> windchills down to minus 50. >> this time the swearing in flawless. >> and when he was done his daughter sasha took note. >> i did it. >> all tha zone for the touchdown! the 49ers are going to the super bowl. >> i want to thank my parents, and go ravens. >> and baltimore is heading to new orleans. >> brothers coaching against each other in the super bowl. >> -- and all that matters -- >> president obama begi
bronx section, unthinkable. and barack obama became president of the united states. >> you had stinging things to say about the republican party. an identity problem, you said. and that there are some people who seem to have a theme of intolerance. >> that's a broader definition of what i meant by intolerance. i think intolerance is when you try to keep people from voting. the republican party ought to be out there, not by restricting voting by requiring i.d., but wanting everybody to vote. you need new messages. new policies. the country is becoming more minority. >> have you heard a lot from that? a lot of people pushing back on you? >> most of the people i've heard from in the last week or so have been very, very supportive. but there are those who consider this the worst thing imaginable. and why are you still a republican? i grew up under ronald reagan, and george schultz, and george herbert walker bush, and that's the republican party i knew. i think we've drifted from that. there's nothing wrong starting to drift a little bit back. not because it's good to be moderate. but that's
is the official swearing in of president barack obama for his second term. that will happen at 11:55 a.m. eastern time this morning. >> in just two hours, vice president joe biden will take his oath of office and all day long, cnn will bring you the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, the political and the historical context of the day. first, we want to bring you up to date now on the hostage situation that is happening in alger algeria. the crisis is all over this morning, but so many questions, including how many people are still missing. here's what we do know at this hour. it launched a second assault yesterday that ended the standoff after three days. the interior ministry almost 700 hostages have been freed, as long with foreigners at least 23 hostages are dead, including three british citizens and so are dozens of islamic militants. i'm joined by our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. first of all, are any americans missing and what is washington saying at this point? >> good morning, randi. this violent and unstable situation over, but the u.s. is still trying t
hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> now, the stage is set for a day long party in the nation's capit capitol. we'll take you behind the scenes of the last minute preparation. for the president's speech. the parade, the balls and the tone being set for the battles ahead. >> i say to you, the challenges we face are real. but know this america, they will be met. >> this is cnn's coverage of the presidential inauguration. from the first salute to the last dance. a very vided nation comes together for a celebration of democracy. >> and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. ♪ >>> we're live on the national mall, good evening, everyone, i'm anderson cooper. the lead band leading off the parade is going to be from grambling state university louisiana. they lead off our coverage, take it away, guys. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here on the national mall in washington, d.
and eternal god, as we conclude the second inauguration of president obama we ask for your blessings as we seek to become "citizens of a beloved community, loving you and loving our neighbors as ourselves." we pray you will bless us with your presence. with out bus patrons will in fact our hearts. with your blessing we know we can bay region break down the walls that separate us. we pray for your blessings. without it, mistrust will rule our hearts. with the blessing of your presence, we know we can renew the ties and mutual regard that can best for our civic life. we pray for your blessing because without it despair of those different from us will be our role of light. with your blessing we can see each other created in your image, a unit of god's grace, unprecedented, a repeatable and irreplaceable. we play -- pray for your blessing. with out it we will see only what the eye can see. we will see that we're created in your image, whether brown, black, or white, male or female, first-generation immigrant american or daughter of the american revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor. we pra
crowd that's expected to witness obama's swearing in, with only days before the second inauguration of president obama, house republicans have floated a new plan they say will extend the debt ceiling for three months, but also cut congressional paychecks if mr. obama and the democrats don't agreed to deep spending cuts by april. steve handelsman says the gop has just grabbed the headlines two days before the inauguration. >> reporter: washington is almost ready. massive security, barriers going into place, bleachers along pennsylvania avenue for monday's inaugural parade. and the president atviewing stand, bulletproof and fancy, rebuilt every four years but since a huge crowd full of hope saw the first swearing-in, america has lowered its expectations. only 35% in the nbcs in/"wall street journal" poll says the country is headed in the right direction. as president obama's news portrayed is released, his approval stands at 52%. his likability at 61%, but only 29% say he is working effectively with congress. and today there's more conflict. responding to the president's declaration t
hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >>> president barack obama, the 44th president, takes the oath of office to serve a second term. and we're here for all the tradition, pageantry and tradition "today," monday, january 21st, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," the second inauguration of barack obama, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from washington, d.c. >>> and good monday morning to you, everyone. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a monday morning from capitol hill. as you look at the white house there, now the capitol. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie, natalie morales and mr. al roker. >> beautiful sunrise in washington. no matter who you voted for, this is an historic day for the country. little cold in the capital, but all along the country, people are starting to gather along the parade route this morning. >> the president and his family have a very full day ahead. so do we here at nbc news. 8:45 eastern starts off, the celebration does. the obamas and bidens will attend a private pra
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